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“May you and I never act foolishly or be lazy.” <>< Dona (09/08/20)

Please read Proverbs 26 through 31.  If you don’t have a Bible handy just click here -> Biblegateway.com. The Biblegateway website should open for you to use. Type in the chapters you want to read and select the translation you want to read them from. Click search and the chapters should appear. Once you read the suggested chapters close the screen and you should return here.

Proverbs 26 Theme

Misguided people.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, neither the words of a fool nor the behavior of a lazy person can be taken seriously.

Something to think about

The psalmist believed a foolish person shouldn’t be taken seriously (v. 4-5). The psalmist believed a parable in the mouth of a fool was as useless as paralyzed legs (v. 7).  The psalmist believed to give honor to a fool was as unproductive as binding up a stone in a slingshot (v. 8). The less the lazy person does, the less the lazy person will want to do and the more useless the lazy person will become (v. 14-16).

Something to experience

Don’t step into a battle that’s in full swing or you might be the one hurt (v. 17). If you believe you can help wait until they’ve stopped fighting and then speak up.  If you don’t want to fuel the fire of a disagreement don’t add unkind words (v. 20).

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Proverbs 26:4-5 Don’t answer a fool according to his folly, lest you also be like him.  Answer a fool according to his folly, lest he be wise in his own eyes.

Proverbs 26:7 Like the legs of the lame that hang loose, so is a parable in the mouth of fools. 

Proverbs 26:8 As one who binds a stone in a sling, so is he who gives honor to a fool.

Proverbs 26:14-16 14 As the door turns on its hinges, so does the sluggard (the lazy person) on his bed.  15 The sluggard buries his hand in the dish.  He is too lazy to bring it back to his mouth.  16 The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven men who answer with discretion.

Proverbs 26:17 Like one who grabs a dog’s ears is one who passes by and meddles in a quarrel not his own.

Proverbs 26:20 For lack of wood a fire goes out.  Without gossip, a quarrel dies down.

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Proverbs 27 Theme

Friendship.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, our heart reflects who we are through our words and our deeds (v. 19). 

Something to think about

The psalmist believed a friend might wound when they give unpleasant but needed advice (v. 6). The psalmist believed the man with sound judgment stayed away from danger by finding a safe place, but the man who lacked good sense walked right into trouble (v. 12). The psalmist believed two friends who shared their ideas with each other could sharpen each other (v. 17).  The psalmist believed in planning ahead (see v. 23-27).

Something to experience

We need to encourage one another (v. 6, 17).  We need to stay far from trouble (v. 12). We need to remember and reward those who help us succeed (v. 18).

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Proverbs 27:6 The wounds of a friend are faithful, although the kisses of an enemy are profuse.

Proverbs 27:12 A prudent man (one with sound judgment, discretion) sees danger and takes refuge; but the simple (one who lacks good sense) pass on, and suffer for it.

Proverbs 27:17 Iron sharpens iron; so a man sharpens his friend’s countenance.

Proverbs 27:18 Whoever tends the fig tree shall eat its fruit.  He who looks after his master shall be honored.

Proverbs 27:19 Like water reflects a face, so a man’s heart reflects the man.

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Proverbs 28 Theme

Difference between the wicked and the righteous.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, the contrast between the wicked and the righteous is stark.

Something to think about

The psalmist believed the righteous were bold (v. 1).  The psalmist didn’t believe in mob rule.  But he believed one ruler who had understanding and knowledge could maintain order (v. 2).  The psalmist believed the prayers of those who turned away from God were a detestable (v. 9). The psalmist believed those who try to lead others astray will fall into their own trap (v. 10). The psalmist believed the poor were wealthier in wisdom than the rich (v. 11).

Something to experience

We need to stand against lawbreakers (v. 4) if we are indeed men and women who seek the Lord and His justice (v. 5).  We need to confess our sins because hiding them doesn’t help us at all.  Through turning from them we find mercy (v. 13).  Opening our heart to the Lord in reverence and honor brings us blessings (v. 14). We should seek wisdom and depend on God to protect us (v. 26).  We should seek ways to help the poor (v. 27). 

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Proverbs 28:1 The wicked flee when no one pursues; but the righteous are as bold as a lion.

Proverbs 28:2 In rebellion, a land has many rulers, but order is maintained by a man of understanding and knowledge.

Proverbs 28:4 Those who forsake the law praise the wicked; but those who keep the law contend with them.

Proverbs 28:5 Evil men don’t understand justice; but those who seek the Lord understand it fully.

Proverbs 28:9 He who turns away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer is an abomination.

Proverbs 28:10 Whoever causes the upright to go astray in an evil way, he will fall into his own trap; but the blameless will inherit good.

Proverbs 28:11 The rich man is wise in his own eyes; but the poor who has understanding sees through him.

Proverbs 28:13 He who conceals his sins doesn’t prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy.

Proverbs 28:14 Blessed is the man who always fears; but one who hardens his heart falls into trouble.

Proverbs 28:26 One who trusts in himself is a fool; but one who walks in wisdom is kept safe.

Proverbs 28:27 One who gives to the poor has no lack; but one who closes his eyes will have many curses. 

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Proverbs 29 Theme

The righteous versus the wicked (v. 27).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, may we seek to live righteous lives before You.

Something to think about

If the wicked are allowed to lead, whether in church, business, family or government, their attitude will trickle down and affect their followers (v. 16). Don’t fear what man can do, fear (revere) God who can turn every evil done into good for those who trust Him (v. 25).

Something to experience

We believers should seek for our country to thrive so all of us can rejoice (v. 2).  We should care about justice for the poor (v. 7). We should seek to control our temper (v. 11). We should seek to give consistent, loving discipline to our children so they will ultimately learn to discipline themselves (v 15) and delight us (v. 17). In order for nations and individuals to thrive, people must seek to know and keep God’s Word (v. 18).

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Proverbs 29:2 When the righteous thrive, the people rejoice; but when the wicked rule, the people groan.

Proverbs 29:7 The righteous care about justice for the poor.  The wicked aren’t concerned about knowledge.

Proverbs 29:11 A fool vents all of his anger, but a wise man brings himself under control.

Proverbs 29:15 The rod of correction gives wisdom, but a child left to himself causes shame to his mother.

Proverbs 29:16 When the wicked increase, sin increases; but the righteous will see their downfall.

Proverbs 29:17 Correct your son, and he will give you peace; yes, he will bring delight to your soul.

Proverbs 29:18 Where there is no revelation, the people cast off restraint; but one who keeps the law is blessed.

Proverbs 29:25 The fear of man proves to be a snare, but whoever puts his trust in the Lord is kept safe.

Proverbs 29:27 A dishonest man detests the righteous, and the upright in their ways detest the wicked.

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Proverbs 30 Theme

The Truth from God’s Word.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, help us to handle Your Word with care (v. 6).

Something to think about

God’s Word is flawless. He is a shield for those who want to take refuge in Him (v. 5).  [* Read Proverbs 30:11-14 to learn of those who look down on others.]

Something to experience

May we experience God’s faithfulness to and care of us and may we be faithful to God and honor Him (v. 7-9)

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Proverbs 30:5 Every word of God is flawless.  He is a shield to those who take refuge in Him. 

Proverbs 30:6 Don’t you add to His words, lest He reprove you, and you be found a liar.

Proverbs 30:7-9 “Two things I have asked of You.  Don’t deny me before I die. Remove far from me falsehood and lies.  Give me neither poverty nor riches.  Feed me with the food that is needful for me, lest I be full, deny You, and say, ‘Who is the Lord?’ or lest I be poor, and steal, and so dishonor the name of My God.

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Proverbs 31:10-31 Theme

The wife of noble character.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, this woman is total committed to pleasing You.

Something to think about

These verses cover – personal, family, spiritual, and career – areas of a wife and mother’s life.

v. 11 she is trusted by her husband.

v. 12 she does her husband good.

v. 13 she works with her hands making wool and flax items.

v. 14 she shops for food.

v. 15 she feeds her household.

v. 16 she buys fields and plants a vineyard.

v. 18 she makes a profit.

v. 19 she uses a spindle.

v. 20 she helps the poor and needy.

v. 21 she makes sure her family is not cold.

v. 22 she makes carpets of tapestry.

v. 24 she makes linen garments and sells them.

v. 26 she speaks wisdom and kind instructions.

v. 27 she totally takes care of her household and isn’t lazy.

v. 28 she is blessed by her children and praised by her husband.

v. 30 she fears (reveres) the Lord.

Something to experience

Though there is much women can learn from studying Proverbs 31:10-31, men can apply some of these verses to their life too.

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Proverbs 31:10-31 10 Who can find a worthy woman? For her price is far above rubies.  11 The heart of her husband trusts in her.  He shall have no lack of gain. 12 She does him good, and not harm, all the days of her life.  13 She seeks wool and flax, and works eagerly with her hands.  14 She is like the merchant ships.  She brings her bread from afar. 15 She rises also while it is yet night, gives food to her household, and portions for her servant girls.  16 She considers a field, and buys it. With the fruit of her hands, she plants a vineyard.  17 She arms her waist with strength, and makes her arms strong.  18 She perceives that her merchandise is profitable.  Her lamp doesn’t go out by night.  19 She lays her hands to the distaff, and her hands hold the spindle.  20 She opens her arms to the poor; yes, she extends her hands to the needy.  21 She is not afraid of the snow for her household; for all her household are clothed with scarlet.  22 She makes for herself carpets of tapestry.  Her clothing is fine linen and purple.  23 Her husband is respected in the gates, when he sits among the elders of the land.  24 She makes linen garments and sells them, and delivers sashes to the merchant.  25 Strength and dignity are her clothing.  She laughs at the time to come.  26 She opens her mouth with wisdom.  Kind instruction is on her tongue.  27 She looks well to the ways of her household, and doesn’t eat the bread of idleness.  28 Her children rise up and call her blessed.  Her husband also praises her: 29 “Many women do noble things, but you excel them all.”  30 Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain; but a woman who fears the Lord, she shall be praised.  31 Give her of the fruit of her hands!  Let her works praise her in the gates!

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Prayer

Lord, I pray we will seek Your wisdom above all else (Proverbs 26:5).  Lord, I pray we will not gossip (Proverbs 26:20).  Lord, I pray we will turn to You when we find ourselves in danger (Proverbs 27:12). Lord, I pray we will stand up for what is right (Proverbs 28:2, 5). Lord, I pray we will confess and turn from our sins and find Your mercy (Proverbs 28:13).  Lord, I pray we will put our trust in You (Proverbs 29:25) walk in Your wisdom and be safe (Proverbs 28:26). Lord, I pray we will thrive and rejoice (Proverbs 29:2).  Lord, I pray we will control our anger (Proverbs 29:11). Lord, I pray our children will attain wisdom (Proverbs 29:15) and give us peace and bring us delight (Proverbs 29:17).  Lord, thank You for being our shield (Proverbs 30:5). Lord, teach us Your Word (Proverbs 30:6). Lord, In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

“May you and I read and obey God’s Word.” <>< Dona